MCD is one of the first international nongovernmental organizations to use the innovative, one-visit ‘screen-and-treat' therapy in low-resource countries. Our team uses this approach for our cervical cancer programs because it is key to a 70% or higher reduction rate in industrialized nations and critical to reducing the burden of cervical cancer in low-resource countries.
The ‘screen-and-treat' approach is cost-effective and requires basic infrastructures and training to be completed. This approach allows the patient to be screened and treated during the same visit.
Using AI Technologies for Screening
Our team also uses artificially intelligent medical device technologies throughout the screening and treatment process. Enhanced Visual Assessment through MobileODT gives the provider a more powerful visual examination in which the patient’s data can be recorded and after visual inspection, images of the cervix can be captured for record keeping, onsite training, and quality control.
Training Health Workers
We are committed to expanding access to screenings by training health workers in the ‘screen-and-treat' approach. Our expert team trains health workers and builds the capacity of Equatorial Guinea’s Ministry of Health to implement screenings and treatments at hospitals across the country.
Rallying community support and encouraging women to get screened is vital in the movement toward reducing cervical cancer rates. MCD works with local governments, public markets, media outlets, and other health communication strategies to disseminate educational information and encourage screening.